Telling the True Story About Porn
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“…How many families will suffer? How many marriages will implode? …How many children will propel, warp-speed, into the dark side of adult sexuality by forced exposure to their fathers’ profanations?” —Pamela Anderson, former Playboy model

The above quote, which ponders the devastation of pornography, is by Pamela Anderson—the woman featured on Playboy’s cover more than any other in the magazine’s history. The fact that this statement came from her is indeed a sign of the times. Although it might be surprising that pornography’s once poster child has now taken such a bold stance against porn, it’s a welcome support to the growing movement against pornography.

But for many of us, it doesn’t take a celebrity to see that the ubiquity of porn is a public health crisis of astronomical proportions.

The mass proliferation of pornography over the years has had a dramatic impact on the world in which we live. Porn consumption is a rapidly spreading global disease that is affecting the population, starting from a very young age.

Not only is porn intricately tied to sex trafficking and fueling the demand for commercial sex, but it is also a significant force in the creation of the widely accepted false paradigm of what it means to be a man and a woman in our culture.

Today, mainstream porn is extremely violent, degrading and dehumanizing.

As porn increasingly becomes the sex education of the modern child, the toxic stories porn tells are shaping the way boys and girls grow up to understand sexuality, and how they eventually interact with one another in the world as adults.

Porn tells boys that to be a man means to treat women as objects, to be an unfeeling violent exploiter, and a consumer of women’s bodies for sexual pleasure.

Porn tells girls from a young age that to be a woman means being hyper-sexual, accepting of sexual violence, and always available for consumption by men.

This is the story of a “pornified” culture.

We must take back the story that has been stolen from a generation about gender and sexuality. One way we can do this is by educating the public on the reality of the vast harms of pornography, opening their eyes not only to the false narrative but also to the truth about what it means to have a healthy sexuality.

As part of Exodus Cry’s mission to abolish the commercial sex industry, we have committed ourselves to raising awareness among the masses about the harms of pornography, its connection to sex trafficking, and the destructive story it is perpetuating about gender and sexualtiy.

With your help, we will be launching an all-out campaign utilizing blogs and books, as well as powerful documentary films, podcasts, and short videos, to spread a timely and critical message to the public about porn—one of the most serious public health and human rights crises of our time.

One of the first major resources that Exodus Cry will be unleashing to fight the pornified culture is a book I have written called The Porn Pandemic (working title).

The goal of the book is to provide a rich research-based resource to educate the public as well as practitioners on the modern landscape of the porn industry and how it is affecting consumers, the culture, and those used to produce it—to provide in-depth insight so that we can fight well.

The Porn Pandemic will illuminate a wide range of porn-related topics, including:

  1. How porn is now the sex education of children growing up in today’s culture
  2. The public health and social harms of porn, including an explanation of the brain science of porn addiction, the way porn changes the brain (neuroplasticity), and its connection to other impairments
  3. Relational issues, such as the ways in which porn addiction causes marital distress, separation, and divorce
  4. Human rights-related topics, such as the rise of child sexual abuse through porn
  5. The connection between pornography and sex trafficking
  6. The correlation between viewing porn, violence against women, and the rise of rape culture
  7. The severe occupational health hazards that affect those who are used and abused to produce porn
  8. Solutions for moving forward in the fight against the porn industry

The Porn Pandemic is unique from other books that have been published on the topic of pornography in that it is almost entirely based on peer-reviewed research, academic articles, government reports, as well as exclusive first-hand interviews with people inside the industry.

The Exodus Cry team has spent years conducting interviews—for our upcoming documentaries—with those prostituted in the industry to make porn (porn “performers”), producers, directors, and industry experts. Those compelling interviews are featured throughout the book.

It will be a powerful tool for people in all walks of life. Mothers and fathers wanting to be better educated in order to equip and protect their children, husbands or wives wanting to learn more about the challenges of a partner’s addiction, pastors who want to illuminate the issue to their church, educators, healthcare providers, politicians, anti-trafficking practitioners, feminists, and abolitionists, will all benefit from this book.

There is a great urgency in my heart to get the message out about the devastating harms of pornography. We know too much not to speak out boldly and loudly. Literally every single day countless men, women, and children fall victim to this insidious industry.

Despite the enormity of the issue, there really is hope! Collectively we can make a massive impact through awareness and education, but we need your partnership to be able to get these important resources into the hands of the public.

Your financial support will help to tell the true story of pornography so that together we can write a new story of dignity and honor for precious lives that are made in the image of God. Help us meet our year-end goal of $100,000 by giving today!

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Written by on October 26th, 2016